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Cardiology Management

Appropriate & Appropriate Use: What Do They Really Mean?

2017 15 Sep

Ordering imaging procedures in cardiovascular medicine, such as echocardiograms, when there may not be an appropriate indication or when the results would make no difference in the patient’s care or outcome are easily cited as playing a role in the overuse of echocardiograms, according to an Editorial published in the Journal of the American College... Read more

IMAGING Management

2017 03 Jan

There is no estimate of how many unnecessary imaging examinations are requested, performed, and reimbursed. Unofficially, professionals agree that the proportion is as high as one fourth to one third of all CT examinations performed in adult patients. Requests for CT imaging are driven by clinical need, patients' attitudes, fear of litigation and are... Read more

Health Management

Appropriate Imaging and Clinical Decision Support

2016 05 Jan

"We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us” (McLuhan) Wasteful, unhelpful imaging helps nobody, and may be associated with patient harms through unneeded and unwanted intervention. Appropriate imaging through referral guidance is advocated through the Bonn Call-for-Action (International Atomic Energy Authority and World Health Organization... Read more

Health Management

Volume 15 - Issue 4, 2015

2015 30 Dec

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IMAGING Management

Is That MRI Really Necessary?

2015 15 Dec

While Choosing Wisely and similar initiatives around the world target referring physicians to think about whether an imaging test is the appropriate choice, patients also need to talk to their doctors about it, according to neurologist Brian Callaghan, MD, MS. Callaghan, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan, and colleagues, recently... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Protocol Increases Appropriate Antibiotic Use

2015 19 Jan

According to a retrospective study, an antibiotic protocol that determined antibiotic use based on risk for health care-associated infections significantly increased appropriate prescription of antibiotics in a paediatric ICU. The study has been published online in Annals of the American Thoracic Society .   Researchers evaluated patients with an... Read more

IMAGING Management

#RSNA14: Choosing Wisely: 82 Imaging Tests Now on List

2014 03 Dec

When the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation began the Choosing Wisely® initiative in 2012, eight other specialty medical societies, including the American College of Radiology, joined the move to reduce overuse of tests and procedures. Media interest was high, noted David C. Levin, MD, from Thomas Jefferson University, speaking at the Radiological... Read more

IMAGING Management

NDSC, ESR Partner to Deliver ESR iGuide Across Europe

2014 26 Nov

National Decision Support Company (NDSC) has teamed up with the European Society of Radiology (ESR) to deliver appropriate use criteria to the European market via ESR iGuide. Through this partnership, the ESR will leverage NDSC's expertise in delivering electronically consumable appropriate use criteria in the United States to deliver the same service... Read more

Cardiology Management

Echocardiography Quality Initiatives Promote Value-Based Care Delivery

2014 27 Jul

Ensuring appropriate use of cardiovascular (CV) imaging is an increasingly important aspect of medical decision-making and care delivery. Given the continuing escalation of U.S. healthcare expenditures, choosing "the right test for the right patient at the right time" has never been more relevant.  While appropriate use criteria (AUC) for CV imaging... Read more